February is American Heart Month AND Valentines Day is quickly approaching, so why not make your sweetheart a heart-healthy romantic dinner to celebrate both occasions! Impress your sweetheart- get a babysitter, break out the tablecloths, candles, and the china that you never use and plan a simple heart-healthy menu to enjoy a quiet evening at home together. Make your grocery list and consider these easy options to help you plan the perfect meal:
A Perfect Heart Healthy Meal:
Wine- Red Wine
Drank in moderation, red wine, full of antioxidants has been shown as beneficial for heart health and cholesterol in many studies. Choose a low sugar options.
Appetizer- Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuff your mushrooms with a mix of light cheeses and chopped veggies. Vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals for a healthy heart and body.
Salad- Spinach or Mixed Greens Salad
The salad options are endless- choose your favorite or try something new loaded with different greens, nuts, fruits or veggies and select a light dressing option.
Main Dish- Baked fish (salmon, trout, tuna, shrimp)
Baking fish is easy, fast and it’s full of protein and omega 3 fatty acids that are good for the heart! Choose a simple sugar-free sauce or light broth with lemon to bake it in.
Side Dish- Roasted Vegetables & Potatoes
Make the dinner even easier to prepare by roasting your choice of diced veggies with the main fish or a chicken dish! Try asparagus, squash varieties, or even potatoes that are high in potassium and good for your blood pressure.
Dessert- Dark Chocolate Fondue
Have fun with a dark- chocolate fondue with lots of yummy fruit as a tasty and healthy option to finish off the night!
There are lots more menus to be explored on the internet for a tasty AND healthy romantic dinner. So tie on that apron and when preparing your meal, go light on the use of oils, butter and salt- this will help keep those arteries healthy and clear. Check out the Hospital Facebook page this month for more heart healthy recipe links and tips to stay healthy too.
Enjoy your meal and make a plan to eat right, exercise together, and protect your hearts with regular blood pressure and cholesterol checks and an annual physical to ensure a long life that will be shared together! Power County Hospital District wishes you all a Happy Valentine’s Day and Healthy Heart Month!